Quite a number of U.K. T's were fitted with similar demountable wheels.
With just two persons on board, that car is really dragging its rear end. The rear fenders are set way too low. The back lip is lower than the front mount at the running board.
Allan from down under.
Allan, there are three people on board. The third one is a baby and does not weigh much.
That poor car just looks very unhappy! With the rear fender clearance, cowl lights pointing at the trees, windshield & side windows askew and odd looking rear body it looks uncomfortable anywhere aft of the firewall.
What's up with those wheels? Why would it make sense to lug around a complete spare wheel rather than just the demountable rim?
Well Paul, about every car from the late 20's until recently used to haul complete wheels as spares, so there were quite a lot who thought it made sense
Seems to me carrying a complete wheel for a spare on a T gives you a 50/50 chance that changing your flat will require twice as much work as would otherwise be necessary. If the spare is a front wheel and you have a rear flat, well you see what I mean......
Paul: This is OT bit I have to tell you about it.
During WW2 we lived on Manchester Ave just south of the road that went to Fullerton. I have not been in Fullerton since I was about 7 or 8 years old.
Well I received a letter from the Fullerton Police Department, stating that my Pickup was involved in a "HIT AND RUN ACCIDENT at some mall in Fullerton. So I called the Officer that was listed on the letter, but she was gone off duty. So I called the next day and was able to talk to her and gave her all the info, that I had not been there. I was lucky that I had a gas bill for that day at an ARCO station date the same day as the suppo9sed accident and it had the day and time on it, so it was for sure that I could have not been in Fullerton and in Redding at the time of the accident. The real strange thin is that the description and license plates matched my truck. Well I never heard another word about it.
Oh happy Days for me
All of those wheels are the same size and they are demountable at the hub, just like a modern car. The front/rear discussion isn't relevant.
Plate is riveted to wheel:
Example of front hub:
Gee, Roger - wouldn't you guess that the complete wooden wheel would weigh more than just the demountable rim?
I just did my wheels last summer and can tell you that those wooden wheels are heavy. The only advantage I can think of is that you do carry a complete spare wheel should you break one on a curb or something.
I have seen these on other British cars of the era so there must have been some good reason for it.
Bill - Our local PD is pretty good about trying to actually solve crimes. I have heard that some departments have backed off from being active. I'm glad to hear you are not in the slammer for a crime you did not commit.